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How To Measure Ketones And Optimize Ketogenic Diets

How To Measure Ketones And Optimize Ketogenic Diets

The problem with diets is that we think that one diet should be good for everyone. But research and N=1 experiments show that’s not the case. Learn about measuring ketones and ketosis to understand how your low carb or high fat diet is really affecting you. If there is one area of our bodies that is debated to extremes, with literally hundreds of differing strong opinions on it, it’s nutrition. For many, beliefs about nutrition and diet are tribal. We put ourselves in different camps and we war agains the other camps. Whether it be paleo, low fat, low carb, Atkins, high fat, low protein, vegan, raw vegan and so on. It’s exactly this sort of area where I see data as essential. Without data we have no hope of cutting through the maze of opinions to get to what really works. Part of the problem with nutrition and diets is that we tend to think that one diet should be good for everyone. But increasingly, research and N=1 experiments, are showing that that isn’t the case. And this is exactly why you should pay attention to today’s show. Today, we’re looking at what has relatively recently become the fastest growing nutrition or diet trend. The high fat diet. Also known in different guises as the ketogenic diet, or the low carb diet. And specifically how this can affect our different individual biochemistries, how we can measure “Ketosis” and other biomarkers to understand how our specific biology is reacting to it… and allowing us to troubleshoot and course correct when it isn’t getting the desired results we’re looking for from it. Today’s guest is Jimmy Moore. In 2004, Jimmy, at 32 years, weighed 410 pounds. Since then he has transformed his own biology, shedding all that additional weight with low carb and ketogenic diets. He has also interviewed n Continue reading >>

Breath Ketone Meters

Breath Ketone Meters

I heard Jimmy Moore mention that he is getting a breath ketone meter. I'd like to stop pricking my fingers so much, so I'm interested. Do these work? Anyone out there have one? And how do you get one? Or are they just insanely expensive and not an option for most? Continue reading >>

The First Disposable Breath Ketone Test Has Arrived

The First Disposable Breath Ketone Test Has Arrived

Do you want a simple way to check for ketosis, without a urine or blood test? It’s also possible to check you breath for ketones (acetone). This has already been possible for some time with the Ketonix reusable breath analyser (costing $149). Now the Ketonix is joined by the just-launched disposable test Metron, which can be ordered via Amazon ($28 for 10 tests). Metron is cheaper if you only want to do a few tests (up to 50 tests), but the reusable Ketonix is cheaper if you want to do more tests than that – testing is free once you have one. At some point we may do a test of Ketonix vs. Metron. Would you find that interesting? Or do you already have your own experience comparing these two devices? Please leave a comment. Earlier Continue reading >>

Japanese Researchers Create Smartphone Ketone Meter

Japanese Researchers Create Smartphone Ketone Meter

Researchers at Japan’s giant telecom, NTT Docomo, recently created a smartphone ketone (acetone) reader that may help low carb and ketogenic dieters stay aware of how their food choices affect their nutritional ketosis. Currently, the best approach for doing this is quite expensive: serum ketone monitoring. With ketone test strips running between $2-$5 USD a strip, measuring even once or twice a day with a device like the Abbot Laboratories Precision Xtra Glucose and Ketone Monitoring System can be a costly proposition. The alternative, of course, is cheaper but less meaningful ketostix that measure one type of ketone that is secreted in the urine, to varying degrees. (For additional background on ketosis and measuring ketones, see Why You Need To Stop Worrying About The Color Of Your Ketostix.) But if the researchers at NTT Docomo have their way, the cruel economics of ketone testing may change for the better: Acetone contained in our exhaled breath is a metabolic product of the breakdown of body fat and is expected to be a good indicator of fat-burning. Typically, gas chromatography or mass spectrometry are used to measure low-concentration compounds in breath but such large instruments are not suitable for daily use by diet-conscious people. Here, we prototype a portable breath acetone analyzer that has two types of semiconductor-based gas sensors with different sensitivity characteristics, enabling the acetone concentration to be calculated while taking into account the presence of ethanol, hydrogen, and humidity (source). Finally, the prospect of ketone measurements that won’t break the bank. The paper is an interesting read. Mind you, while this is encouraging news, we’re a long way from having consumer devices available for us to use. In fact, it may be tha Continue reading >>

Precision Xtra Vs. Novamax Plus: Ketone Meter Evaluation

Precision Xtra Vs. Novamax Plus: Ketone Meter Evaluation

A great review from Jimmy Moore. We have been doing select patient testing in our office with both devices. We have been getting the E-3 error (used strip) message often on the blue NovaMax Plus unit requiring re-testing!! Jimmy notes and we agree that the test strips are flimsy and it is hard to seat in the unit. The benefit is the small blood sample required. The Precision Gray Xtra is sturdy, but the test strips are way too expensive and requires lots of blood. Abbott spent more on R&D to develop a more superior Precision Xtra devise, but you have to pay more to use it! Continue reading >>

Cheaper Alternatives To Blood Ketone Testing

Cheaper Alternatives To Blood Ketone Testing

I’ve had a couple readers reach out to me asking if there were any cheaper alternatives to blood ketone testing. My most recent check on Amazon.com shows the Precision Xtra Blood Ketone strips going for a whopping $4-$5 per strip, although as you see from the picture above, some places exorbitantly charge up to $9.99 per strip! This post is my attempt to go through some of the cheaper options that are available if you’ve decided that tracking ketones is important to your goals but you can’t afford the cost of these strips. The current gold standard for measuring how deeply in ketosis you are at home is still the Precision Xtra Blood Ketone monitoring system, and you already know how pricey this is. Unfortunately if accuracy on a moment to moment basis is important to you, there’s no way around it: this is your only option. To lessen the cost burden, you can do some online searches to see if you can find a better deal, although your mileage may vary depending on the legitimacy of the site. Some reputable options I’ve come across are: Ebay – You can sometimes get them for as cheap as $3 – 3.50 per strip, although it’s important to pay attention to the expiration date. Sometimes these go for cheaper because they’re expired or near expiration. If you’re ok with that, then have at it. Universal Drug Store – This Canadian pharmacy is where I typically pick mine up. They used to sell it for around $1.99 per strip, but have since raised the price to $2.30 per strip. Depending on how comfortable you are with ordering from across the border, this could be a good option. If your order is over $100, shipping is free. A drawback is that they don’t accept Visa or Mastercard, so make sure you have your American Express handy. Canada Drugs – Another Canadian p Continue reading >>

Precision Xtra Vs. Novamax Plus: Ketone Meter Evaluation

Precision Xtra Vs. Novamax Plus: Ketone Meter Evaluation

With the rise in interest in the n=1 experiment I’ve been blogging about since May 2012 (read my latest updates about it here, here, here and here), so many of you have begun testing your own blood ketones to see how well you are doing in pursuit of reaching that glorious state of “nutritional ketosis.” Attaining blood ketone levels of 0.5-3.0 millimolar is the optimal level for producing an appropriate level of beta-hydroxybutyrate to commence fat-burning and to serve as an excellent alternative fuel source for your brain and body for optimal performance according to what Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek outline so beautifully in their outstanding MUST-HAVE 2012 book The Art & Science Of Low Carbohydrate Performance. If you haven’t already picked up your own copy of this book, then I cannot recommend it highly enough to you as an invaluable resource in your pursuit of living an optimally healthy low-carb lifestyle. As people have been shopping around for their own blood ketone meter, I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails from readers who have asked me for my recommendation between which of the two major ketone meters they should get to test their blood levels. Is there any difference between the Precision Xtra and NovaMax Plus blood ketone meters? I’ve personally tried both of these meters and have been using the Precision Xtra results to document my n=1 experiment. Let’s take a closer look at the PROS and CONS of each: **Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Meter** PROS: – Accurate and clear blood ketone measuring – Sturdy and strong test strips – More precise than urine ketone testing CONS: – Requires more blood than glucose testing – Test strips can be quite expensive – Not available for purchase in stores **NovaMax Plus Blood Ketone Meter** PROS Continue reading >>

Low-carb = Ketosis? Not Necessarily.

Low-carb = Ketosis? Not Necessarily.

I’ve been following Jimmy Moore’s N=1 experiment with staying in nutritional ketosis on his blog, but it was instructive to actually watch the man eat during his visit last week. His meals are WAY high in fat now and he watches his protein intake. I must admit, despite everything I’ve read about the benefits of ketosis, when I watched Jimmy scooping gobs of butter and sour cream on his cheesy scrambled eggs in the morning, I couldn’t help thinking, “Wait a minute … you’re losing weight eating like this?” The reason he’s doing this is that he discovered eating low-carb doesn’t necessarily mean being in ketosis, or at least not in the zone that Drs. Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney call nutritional ketosis: a blood ketone level of between 0.5 and 3.0 mM. As they explain in their terrific book The Art and Science of Low-Carb Living, it’s within this zone that we can easily tap body fat for fuel and keep our brains happily supplied with ketones. When Dr. Atkins was practicing and writing his books, he urged people to test their ketone levels with ketone urine strips. That was the technology available at the time. Unfortunately, the ketones in urine aren’t necessarily an accurate reflection of the ketones in the bloodstream, which is the level that matters. The reason for the disparity is that as you become keto-adapted, you tend to use more of the ketones for fuel instead of excreting them. The newer and better technology is a device similar to a glucose meter that tests ketone levels in the blood. As Jimmy Moore explained on his blog, he was surprised when he first used a ketone meter and saw that despite being on a very low-carb diet, his blood ketone level was only 0.1. After adjusting his diet, he’s hanging around the 2.0 level most of the time Continue reading >>

Testing For Ketones

Testing For Ketones

Testing for Ketones 3 Types of Ketones How to go about testing for Ketones? There are 3 types of ketone bodies. Acetone, Acetoacetate and Beta-Hydroxybutryate (BHB, though technically not really a ketone body) The body (the liver) converts long and medium chain fatty acids into BHB and Acetoacetate. BHB and Acetoacetate live in reversible equilibrium (they can transform back and forth). Acetoacetate can also be turned into acetone. After converted to acetone, it can not be converted back. Acetone is typically excreted through the urine or breath. If your body has been in ketosis for a while, you will see a reduction in acetoacetate. Muscles begin to use acetoacetate and turn it into Beta-Hydroxybutryate for fuel, so less is present in urine as you get more keto-adapted. This is the flaw of the urine test. It only tests for acetoacetate so it will go down as your body gets more efficient at using ketones for fuel. 3 Methods for Testing Ketones Urine strips only test acetoacetate. Ketonix only tests acetone in breath. Blood Strips test for Beta-Hydroxybutryate (BHB), what your body uses for fuel. 1. Urine Test Strips Pros: Cheap. Cons: Very inaccurate in testing level of ketosis. Our bodies excrete excess ketones in two ways. Through the urine or through the breath. When you are testing for ketones in urine you will typically see higher levels in early stages of a ketogenic diet because your body isn’t using ketones for fuel yet. After you are fully Keto-Adapted (2-4 weeks or so), you will see less and less ketones in your urine because your body in now using more ketones for fuel instead of excreting them through the urine or breath. The urine test strip is also very susceptible to changes based on your state of hydration. The more hydrated you are (and we should all b Continue reading >>

Jimmy Moore Shows You How To Do Nutritional Ketosis.

Jimmy Moore Shows You How To Do Nutritional Ketosis.

1. “Using Nutritional Ketosis ForMaximizing Weight Loss & Health” by Jimmy Moore“Become Superhuman” LIVE Event Spokane, Washington March 9, 2013 2. 180-Pound Atkins Weight Loss In 2004 3. In the 9 years that have followed,everything’s been perfect with my weight and health doing just fine with no problems at all, right? Well…not exactly! 4. A Slow, Steady Regain• +15 pounds in 2006 = 245 pounds• +15 pounds in 2007 = 260 pounds• +15 pounds in 2008 = 275 pounds• +15 pounds in 2009 = 290 pounds• +10 pounds in 2010-early 2012 = 306 pounds• UGH UGH UGH!• Little by little, these numbers added up fast• Needless to say, I was frustrated by this• Let’s flash forward to early 2012… 5. Hovering justunder 300pounds again inMarch 2012 atthe PaleoFXconference inAustin, TX 6. Attending(ironically) anobesityconference inDenver,Colorado inApril 2012 7. Pushing back above300 pounds for thefirst time in over 8years of eating low-carb in May 2012 on(again ironically) TheLow-Carb Cruise. 8. This is how I feltinside! 9. You might bewondering how thiscould be happeningon a good high-fat, low-carb diet? 10. This book rockedmy world and haschanged my life! Itgave me a fresh,new perspective ona revolutionaryconcept known asnutritional ketosis. 11. The N=1 Self-Testing Concept 12. My n=1 nutritional ketosis (NK) experiment• Began NK testing on May 15, 2012• Different than urine ketone testing with Ketostix• Obtained a Precision Xtra blood ketone meter• First blood ketone reading was 0.3 millimolar (LOW! Should be between 0.5-3.0 millimolar)• Urine ketone strips measure acetoacetate• Blood ketone strips measure beta- hydroxybuterate• Thought I was eating good high-fat, low-carb 13. Basic tools for my n=1 testing of NK• Blood ketone meter with testi Continue reading >>

6: Vegetables, Dairy & Testing For Ketosis

6: Vegetables, Dairy & Testing For Ketosis

LISTEN AND DOWNLOAD AT ITUNES Questions abound about the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet and this brand new podcast is devoted to answering the most burning ones on the hearts and minds of people who are curious about this way of eating. Here at Keto Talk with Jimmy Moore & The Doc (listen and leave a review for the show on iTunes HERE), we are dedicated to providing these answers to you from two of the most experienced and educated experts on keto–10-year veteran health podcaster and international bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Arizona osteopath and certified bariatric physician Dr. Adam Nally from “Doc Muscles” who chime in with their thoughts about all things related to nutritional ketosis. In the month of January, we have been airing brand new episodes for you on Thursdays as well as a special BONUS episode on Sundays (listen to Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 in case you’ve missed them). This podcast is just 20 minutes long and helps you get some incredible keto knowledge in a flash. Listen in today as Jimmy and Adam keep dropping the truth bombs in Episode 6! KEY QUOTE: “If you’re eating low-fat dairy, then you’re basically eating a high-carb food.” — Jimmy Moore Here’s what Jimmy and Adam talked about in Episode 6: – Why Adam makes up words like “ketonian” – How Adam does a lot of Periscope videos on keto – Study: Eating when not hungry bad for health – The four reasons why we eat when we’re not hungry – How do you get enough vegetables on your ketogenic diet? – Why you don’t need as much fiber when you eat low-carb – The other ways you can get vitamins besides vegetables – Does dairy cause any problems with getting into ketosis? – The concerns about antibiotics in low-fat dairy pr Continue reading >>

Jimmy Moore: Keto Clarity & Low Carb Living

Jimmy Moore: Keto Clarity & Low Carb Living

Today we welcome back best selling author & podcasting superstar Jimmy Moore, as we talk about his new book ‘Keto Clarity’. Have you looked at a low-carb diet simply as a means to lose weight? What if you learned that combining a low-carb nutritional approach with a high fat intake produces a powerful therapeutic effect on a wide variety of health conditions that most people think requires medication to control? That’s what Keto Clarity is all about. Join as we get down to the knitty gritty stuff regarding fat, ketosis and low carb living. CLICK HERE for all Episodes of 180TVIn this episode we talk about:- How Jimmy lost over 100kg in weight! What ketosis is and why you should know about it The most accurate way to measure ketones How to having amazing brain health Why you must eat saturated fat Dispelling the myths around low carb & ketogenic diets And much much more… Get more of Jimmy Moore Keto Clarity & Low Carb Living Transcript Guy Lawrence: Hey, this is Guy Lawrence of 180 Nutrition, and welcome to another episode of The Health Sessions. Our special guest today is no other than best-selling author Mr. Jimmy Moore. Now, he’s here to talk about his new book, Keto Clarity. And Jimmy’s wealth of knowledge when it comes to ketosis and low-carbohydrate is outstanding and we really dig deep today into covering all the myths and misconception that we might hear in the media as well regarding: “Low-carbohydrate diets are dangerous, we shouldn’t be doing it, and it’s all fad,” and everything else. Jimmy’s story is exceptional. We’re gonna hear it straight from him in a moment. But, in a nutshell, he was over 200 kilograms in weight at one stage and was following a low-fat diet, tried many fad diets, was getting larger and larger by the year. And so Continue reading >>

Jimmy Moore: Keto Clarity – #142

Jimmy Moore: Keto Clarity – #142

Jimmy Moore is the author of Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers, and the energetic personality behind the uber-popular Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show and blog. Jimmy burst onto the healthy scene in 2004 after losing 180lbs, and has dedicated his life to helping people get the best information possible so they can make the right decisions about health. Jimmy interviewed over 900 of the world’s top health experts in writing his newest book, Keto Clarity, and he comes on Bulletproof Radio to talk about the one-size-fits-all fallacy, why all fat is not created equal, and how to properly get into and measure ketosis. Enjoy the show! What You’ll Hear 0:07 – Cool Fact of the Day! 0:48 – Welcome Jimmy Moore 2:06 – Jimmy’s Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show 3:49 – The importance of responding 6:06 – Keeping the weight off 8:20 – Problems with a high-protein diet 10:43 – The effects of being fat-deprived 12:35 – Resistant starch and your microbiome 14:40 – The one-size-fits-all fallacy 16:22 – The formula for ketosis 21:04 – How to measure ketosis 26:39 – The optimal state for high performance 35:05 – Signs that you’re in ketosis 37:56 – Food labeling 40:17 – Not all fat is created equal 46:00 – Top four recommendations for people to go into ketosis Featured Resources Bulletproof Transcripts Dave: Today’s cool fact of the day is actually about Jimmy Moore, today’s guest. Jimmy never missed a day of school from 7th to 12th grade, and it’s kind of interesting because about 7.5 million students in the U.S. are chronically absent from school each year. People that miss that amount of school are at severe risk of dropping out, and the research shows that those kids who attend school regularly in their primary-education Continue reading >>

A New Toy Measuring Blood Ketones

A New Toy Measuring Blood Ketones

I just got a new toy: a device for measuring blood ketones. This is a far more exact and reliable measurement than testing for urine ketones using cheap dipsticks. Ketosis is of course the state the body is in when eating very low carb. Ketones, made from fat, will then fuel the brain instead of glucose. So who needs one of these gadgets? Perhaps nobody. Obviously it’s easy to eat LCHF without it. This is for curious nerds (like me) and for those who want definite proof that they are eating so little carbs that insulin levels are low and fat burning is maximized. A ketone level somewhere between 1.5 – 3 is said to be an optimal level for maximizing weight loss. It means that insulin levels are very low. As you can see my first measurement was 0.2, after a caesar sallad dinner. I’m not surprised as I’ve probably eaten at least 50 grams of carbs a day lately. I will try it out fasting in the mornings during the coming days. Perhaps I’ll try being really strict with the carbs for a while to see what happens. Have you tried one of these or are you interested in doing it? Continue reading >>

How To Measure Your Blood Ketone Levels

How To Measure Your Blood Ketone Levels

The purpose of this post is to show you how to measure your blood ketone levels[1] and the best places to buy what you’ll need.[2] What you’ll need Precision Xtra Ketone and Glucose Testing Device Purchasing Options: Free from Abbot – (make sure to uncheck the box opting in for marketing etc.) Local Drugstore – (call around and see if anyone carries it) Precision Xtra Ketone Test Strips Purchasing Options: Ketosis Tools – (best deal but frequently sold out) Universal Drugstore – (consistently low priced) Ebay – (inconsistent but possible to find a great deal) Amazon – (consistently high prices but most convenient) Abbot Freestyle 28 Gauge Lancets Purchasing Options: Amazon How to test your blood ketone levels (video) Note: This post contains affiliate links that make me a small percentage of the sales at no cost to you. This is currently the best way for me to keep Savage Fuel sustainable and work towards developing and producing original ketogenic products that I wish existed. Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Please consult a medical professional before making any medical decisions. These are my personal opinions based on years of practicing the ketogenic diet. The details in this post may not be up to date so be sure to check for updated numbers. Sources: 1. Precision Xtra vs. NovaMax Plus: Ketone Meter Evaluation by Jimmy Moore 2. The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek – Pages 163-165, “Ketones – To Measure or Not” 3. Dr. Mercola video interview with Dr. D’Agostino ketone meter discussion Notes and References Continue reading >>

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